When you first see a Suzuki Kizashi in the metal, you see straight away that it’s compact by class standards, as you’d predict from a company that’s spent so long making other small cars. At 4650mm long and 1820mm wide, the Suzuki’s footprint is hardly larger than a Volkswagen Jetta’s, and almost 200mm shorter than some D-segment four-doors, such as the Vauxhall Insignia and Skoda Superb. And the car’s compactness is without doubt part of its athletic visual appeal, which is enhanced by wide tracks, 18-inch alloys, jutting sills and valances, twin exhaust pipes and a ducktail bootlid spoiler.
Under those vacuum-packed panels are a reinforced steel bodyshell and all-independent, aluminium-rich suspension consisting of MacPherson struts at the front and a multi-link set-up at the rear. The brakes are provided by Akebono, the same company that equips Japan’s 275km/h Shinkansen bullet train.
The designers have also been successful in making the Kizashi recognisable as a Suzuki. You can see the family resemblance to the Swift, and the alloys and twin tailpipes help give the car a sporty purposefulness.